Tamworth Greens reaffirm their opposition to the governments HS2 folly.
We are pleased to publish this press release from our friend Councillor Tom Harris, Stafford and Stone Green Party.
“Only the Green Party Opposes HS2.
With the Treasury set to commit £32bn of public money to the controversial HS2 railway line, the Green Party in Stafford and Stone has restated its opposition, adding it is now the only party not to support the plans.”
Cllr Tom Harris (Stafford Forebridge) told us “We see three main, clear and strong reasons why we want to see the current proposals thrown out”.
“Firstly, the economic case for HS2 is far from convincing. HS2 is likely to be unaffordable for most people, even though everyone’s taxes will pay for it to be built.
Just look at the disasterous Dutch ‘Frya’ high speed line, which opened only two years ago and is now losing £320,000 a day, with passengers shunning its premium fares and trains running up to 85 per cent empty.
Bold claims made about bringing growth simply fail to stand up to scrutiny – Birmingham, which has seen a 60 per cent rise in rail passengers over the last ten years, has seen only a 0.2% growth in employment, for example.
Why not spend a fraction of the money by fitting carriages with fast wireless internet so that people can make better use of their journey time?
Secondly, in an extraordinary waste of scarce resources, the proposed trains would burn 50% more energy per mile than the Eurostar.
And finally, the environmental and human impact of the current route would be devastating along its entire length, seeing beautiful countryside carved up and thousands of families’ lives ruined. I have heard from residents in Hopton whose homes are directly on the proposed line and they are at their wits end.
The government simply should not be proposing this madness.
The Conservative, Liberal Democrats and Labour Parties all support HS2, so I am delighted that the Green Party is taking a clear line against the plans.”
Cllr Harris went on to detail how the Green Party would like to see money invested elsewhere in transport infrastructure.
“Our first priority is getting people about conveniently and affordably with local public transport schemes, as well as working on ways to improve air quality and reduce CO2 and particulate emissions, such as safe routes to school.
We think public transport should be re-regulated, with councils ensuring sensible levels of provision and a truly integrated system. HS2 will divert cash from local schemes for years and years.”
For further information contact Cllr Tom Harris on 07966 488690 or firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTES FOR EDITORS
The Dutch experience – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/road-and-rail-transport/9000166/High-speed-rail-A-250m-lesson-for-Britains-rail-enthusiasts.html